Sister Frances Lessard (Sr. Mary-Rose Frances) was born in Manchester, NH on October 5th, 1928. She received a B.A. in English from Notre Dame College in 1958, an M.A. in English from Boston College in 1966 and earned a PhD in Higher Education from Boston College in 1980.
Sister Frances was an educator of elementary, junior and senior high schools for over 20 years. She also served as Vice Principal in charge of Student Affairs at Trinity High School. Her involvement in college level education began at Notre Dame College 1972, as Assistant to the Academic Dean and the Academic Vice President. Sister was an educator at heart. She was devoted to all of her students. Her deep desire was that her students go beyond what they thought they were capable of, so as to achieve their highest potential. Sister Frances was a member of the Sisters of Holy Cross for over 70 years.
Sister Irene C. Ricard, CSC (Sister Mary Antoinette, Martyr) entered the Sisters of Holy Cross at St. Laurent, Quebec in 1953. She made her final profession in 1960 and served her Congregation for 57 years. Sister Irene was born in Pembroke, NH (Suncook) on July 19, 1934 the sixth child of Wilfred D. Ricard and Antoinette Laliberte.
Sister earned a Bachelor Degree from Notre Dame College in Manchester, NH, a Master degree from Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT and an Associate Degree in Counseling from New Hampshire Technical Institute, Concord, NH.
Sister Irene ministered in the field of education for many of her 56 teaching years. In Elementary and Junior High School in Massachusetts and New Hampshire and at Notre Dame College in Manchester, NH for twenty years completing her teaching career as a Lecturer in English and Writing Assistant at eh ARC (Academic Resource Center) of St. Anselm College, Manchester, NH for 15 years. She spent 64 of her 83 years in religious life.
Sister Liliosa Shea (Soeur Marie de Sainte-Liliosa) was born in Nashua, NH on January 6th, 1928. She entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Holy Cross in 1945, pronounced her final vows in 1952. Sr. Liliosa earned her B.A. from Notre Dame College in Manchester, NH and her Master of Fine Arts from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. She founded the Notre Dame College Art Department where she was a professor for 18 years. Sr. Liliosa served on the Executive Board of Art Education for the state of New Hampshire.
She taught elementary and high school under the direction of the Sisters of Holy Cross in Pembroke, Manchester, Somersworth NH. She also taught in Ontario, Canada. She was accepted for the 18th Edition of “Who’s Who in the East”. In 1944, she was transferred to St. Albans, VT where she served as a religious educator and pastoral minister. She retired to St. George Manor in 2008.
This year is the 175th Anniversary of the founding of the three feminine branches of the Congregation of Holy Cross. Our hearts overflow with gratitude and humility to the God of our Yesterdays, Todays and Tomorrows, and to our Founder, Basil Moreau, who has entrusted us with the mission of "Liberation through Education."
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